Prototype MacBook Pro With Built-In 3G Listed on eBay

It appears that, at one time, Apple had been working on a MacBook Pro with integrated 3G connectivity. A prototype MacBook Pro has been placed for sale on eBay, listed as a 2007 Santa Rosa model that used to belong to a former Apple employee. The computer was used by the employee for “software development work,” and he was allowed to retain the device after his tenure with the Cupertino-based company.

The two distinguishable features that identify the computer as having 3G capabilities are  the integrated, retractable antenna next to the screen, as well as a SIM card slot underneath the memory cover. The employee never got the 3G to actually function, as it “wasn’t related to his work,” but it might still be possible for someone to get it to function properly. The computer packs a dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce 8600m video card. The current bid is over $13,000 for this “one of a kind” prototype.

“I have unfortunately been unable to get it working with my SIM card, though it is seen by the operating system and recognized as a modem device usable to connect to the internet with various configuration options. It is entirely possible it can be made to work by someone with more software and driver experience than myself but I can make no guarantees.”

[eBay via Cult of Mac]

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